Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday once again hit out at the Centre for making Aadhaar card mandatory to avail a host of benefits though many are yet to possess the cards and asked her party MPs to take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
She has asked MPs to seek an appointment with Modi between 20 and 23 August to raise their concern. According to Banerjee, the Aadhaar card issue has raised a serious law and order problem in the state. Trouble erupted this morning when around one lakh people arrived to receive their Aadhaar cards at Uluberia on Tuesday.
This is a conspiracy hatched by the Centre, she said before leaving Nabanna this evening. Expressing her concern over the issue, Banerjee suggested it would have been better had Aadhaar card been attached with the government-sponsored programmes like Kanyashree.
She alleged that making Aadhaar card mandatory for availing benefits was against a Supreme Court directive.
The Centre had earlier issued an order on distributing Aadhaar cards by 31 August so that no benefits would be provided to persons without one. But many people are still outside the purview of Aadhaar cards.They would be deprived if the cards are made mandatory. The student community of the state will be hit the most. Of the nine crore population in Bengal, around 2.5 crore would be affected.